Americans are still traveling for the holidays.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued warnings against traveling over the holiday. While the overall number of travelers is still down, the TSA still reported a massive spike in the number of people passing through airports.
Thanksgiving is often one of the busiest holidays for travel. This year, however, the CDC issued a warning against traveling to visit family and friends for the holiday due to a spike in coronavirus infections. The government agency warned Americans against visiting anyone for the holiday that they don’t already live with.
Since last Friday, however, the TSA has screened nearly five million people at the nation’s airports, Skift reports. In fact, this time period has reportedly been the busiest that airports have seen since the pandemic began.
During this time period, the TSA reported that there were multiple days during which over a million travelers were screened. Before this, there was only one day since March that over a million travelers were recorded in a single day.
People arrive at Orlando International Airport on Thanksgiving eve, November 25, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Travel patterns have reportedly changed this year. Normally, Thanksgiving is busiest during the days closest to the holiday. Due to remote work and school, however, families appear to have more flexibility and are apparently leaving for their trips earlier and returning later.
Overall, however, the numbers are still significantly lower than last year. According to the TSA, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 2019, over 2.6 million travelers were screened at airports across the country. This year, just over 1 million travelers were screened. It is worth noting that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was the busiest day for the TSA since the outbreak began in March (Sunday was the second busiest).
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